Articles by: John Gelb

To Do List Before First Tracks of the Season

To Do List Before First Tracks of the Season

Buy a Back-Up Pass Even you already have your perfect Ikon, Epic or Mountain Collective pass, it’s worth checking out resort-specific and regional passes to give you extra days.  I’m an Ikon guy because I ski a lot at Stratton in VT and Snowbird UT.  But this season, I also got an Epic Northeast pass.  Why?  Because Epic offers a[Read More…]

by October 12, 2022 8 comments Other News, Home Top Box 4
Source: #RideAnotherDay

Can’t We Stop the Fast & Dangerous Skiers/Riders?

In the past couple days many of you have read about two skiing tragedies: one affected multiple lives (a 5-yr old girl who was killed by an out-of-control skier), and the family she leaves behind, plus the alleged “killer,” a 40-yr old skier who has been charged by French authorities with manslaughter.   As always would love to hear your thoughts[Read More…]

The Fear Monkey in Our Heads

The Fear Monkey in Our Heads

When was the last time this happened to you on the mountain: you’re skiing down one of your regular trails, having fun, where you know every turn by heart, and then, as you approach a trail sign for a more difficult run than you’re used to, you think maybe it’s a good time to try it…but then you keep on[Read More…]

by December 16, 2021 16 comments Other News, Home Top Box 2
Alta's Intermediate Breakthrough program help people go from blues to blacks

“Intermediate Breakthrough – IB” at Alta, Utah

Hello readers, super great comments and questions on my “Secrets for Your Best Ski Season Ever” piece.  Also spoke with two readers in follow up.  I can sense everyone’s excited for this ski season – me too.  Shoot me your thoughts or questions and I’ll reply. Previously I mentioned my good friend (60+) who improved bigtime from only four group[Read More…]

by October 28, 2021 20 comments Other News, Home Top Box 2
Secrets for Your Best Ski Season Ever

Secrets for Your Best Ski Season Ever

Over 11 seasons I’ve probably taught 500-600 kids and adults as a part-time instructor at Stratton/VT & Butternut/MA. “Never-evers”, experts, 4-yr olds to 80-yr olds. Me: flipping through trail names like a deck of cards, choosing the best run for the task at hand and my eager, anxious learner.  Here’s the huge thing I’ve learned: Anyone can become a better[Read More…]

by September 30, 2021 26 comments Other News, Home Top Box 4
When was the last time you took a lesson? Perhaps a mid-season lesson might boost your skill. Credit: Breckenridge

Take A Lesson And Improve 25 Percent?

That’s the simple question, would you like to improve your skiing and enjoy it more? [Please consider supporting with a donation. We appreciate your help. Click here.] Would you love skiing as much if you were a wedge skier?  Probably not.  What about a pretty good parallel skier, but anxious on the more challenging black diamond runs?  Maybe you’d[Read More…]

by February 8, 2021 4 comments Features